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Unpublished paper, 'An attempt to form double salts of nitrate of silver and other nitrates' by W J [William James] Russell and [Mervyn Herbert] Nevil Story-Maskelyne

Reference number: AP/59/9

Date: 1877

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The authors explain that when a solution containing silver and potassium nitrates in equivalent proportions is evaporated, the potassium nitrate separates out, uncombined with silver nitrate. If, however, the ratio of silver nitrate to potassium nitrate is increased beyond a certain limit (which has been determined), then a true double salt having the composition AgNO3 KNO3 crystallises out. The same salt can also be formed from a solution that would not yield it under ordinary circumstances, by either adding nitric acid or by increasing the temperature of the solution, both these alterations tending in the same direction, viz. to decrease the amount of silver nitrate as compared to that of potassium nitrate which can exist in solution.

Annotations in ink throughout. Marked on front as 'Archives'.

Subject: Chemistry

Received and read 21 June 1877.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 26 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'An attempt to form double salts of nitrate of silver and other nitrates'.

Reference number
AP/59/9
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1877
Physical description
Ink and graphite pencil on paper
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27 pages
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Manuscript

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William James Russell

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Mervyn Herbert Nevil Story-Maskelyne

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William James Russell, Mervyn Herbert Nevil Story-Maskelyne, Unpublished paper, 'An attempt to form double salts of nitrate of silver and other nitrates' by W J [William James] Russell and [Mervyn Herbert] Nevil Story-Maskelyne, 1877, AP/59/9, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/ap_59_9/unpublished-paper-an-attempt-to-form-double-salts-of-nitrate-of-silver-and-other-nitrates-by-w-j-william-james-russell-and-mervyn-herbert-nevil-story-maskelyne, accessed on 24 May 2024

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